Not too long ago D surprised me with having dinner ready when I got home from work. While that was wonderful all in its own, it was the salad that made it absolutely memorable.
Who knew that apples, bacon, romaine and smokey seasoned ranch could combine for such tastiness? I mean, I am a firm believer that bacon makes everything better, but in this case, it is definitely true.
The secret to this salad is a quick saute of the apples in the bacon fat. Something magical seems to happen when the apple and bacon-y goodness combine in a hot pan. (I swear I can smell the bacon as I am typing this.)
The combination of the sweetness of the apples, the saltiness of the bacon, the cool romaine, the slight smokey heat of the dressing and the nuttiness of the cashews ensure that this a salad you will want to make again and again.
- 3 pieces of bacon
- 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped, washed and dried
- 1/4 cup ranch dressing
- 1 teaspoon Northwood Fire seasoning
- 1 apple cored and sliced into 4 slices lengthwise
- 1/4 cup cashews, chopped
- Combine ranch and Northwoods fire in a small bowl, set aside.
- Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Set aside to cool.
- Place apple slices in skillet with bacon fat, cooking for about 1 minute on each side. Set aside to cool.
- Wipe out skillet and place cashews, toasting lightly. Set aside to cool.
- Chop bacon and apples into small pieces.
- In a large bowl, combine romaine, apples, bacon and dressing, tossing lightly.
- Once tossed, add cashews.